sunburn

verb
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \ or sunburnt\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \; sunburning

Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn or discolor by the sun

sunburn

noun

Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

Examples of sunburn in a Sentence

Noun He has a bad sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taking out a lot of branches in the summer also risks the tree being exposed to sun scald or sunburn. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 When the tree is exposed to too much sunlight and heat, without sufficient moisture, parts of the tree or the entire tree can sunburn, resulting in tree damage or the tree completely dying. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 As opposed to AHAs, BHAs are beta hydroxy acids, which are known to get deep into pores to remove dirt, and are typically used to soothe acne, redness and sunburn. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 14 Sep. 2020 The guns provide a superficial measure, the report noted, that can vary if a person is sunburned or has just come in from outside. BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2020 Light- or short-coated dogs can get sunburned, so ask your vet for recommendations on canine sunscreen because some human sunscreens are toxic if your pet licks them off. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, 12 Feb. 2019 There may be lingering pain, soreness, or sensitivity after a tattoo, which can feel similar to sunburn or a bruise. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, 2 Jan. 2019 Your eyes, like your skin, can get sunburned when they’re exposed to too much sunlight. Korin Miller, SELF, 1 Nov. 2018 The tanning ethos dates back to The early 1920s, when Coco Chanel inadvertently got sunburned on the French Riviera — or, some say, on a cruise near there. Alison Rose, Town & Country, 16 Dec. 2012 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Senior commerce writer Angela Trakoshis tried this complexion product for the first time in an attempt to cover up an intense sunburn. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Sep. 2022 While the emergence of cooler temperatures as summer winds down might mean fewer chances for sunburn, keep in mind possible skin irritations that winter brings. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2022 White bodies in various stages of sunburn and tan splash in the pool, move around its perimeter. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 To me, there is nothing more shameful than a sunburn. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, 1 Sep. 2022 My forehead makeup had long since wiped off, giving way to a fresh sunburn. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 After experiencing an intense sunburn while on location for a photo shoot, Winnie Harlow quietly developed what is now CAY Skin, a skincare brand for everyone under the sun, emphasizing that sun care and skincare move in tandem. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 23 Aug. 2022 Some prescription medicines are unfortunately another sunburn trigger. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2022 The key to nailing the sunburn blush trend is to use a silky, creamy blush in a vibrant red or pink that has a touch of shimmer to it. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sunburn

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunburn

Verb

back-formation from sunburned, from sun + burned

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The first known use of sunburn was in 1530

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“Sunburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunburn. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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sunburn

noun
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sore red state of the skin caused by too much sunlight

sunburn

verb
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Kids Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn or discolor by exposure to the sun

sunburn

transitive verb
sun·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \; sunburning

Medical Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect with sunburn sunburned skin

sunburn

noun

Medical Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

called also erythema solare

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